Judge delays deposition release of Ghislaine Maxwell, longtime Jeffrey Epstein confidante

Judge delays deposition release of Ghislaine Maxwell, longtime Jeffrey Epstein confidante

Her sworn testimony and other evidence were collected as part of a defamation suit filed by Virginia Guiffre, who claims Maxwell and Epstein lured her into becoming the financier's sex slave when she was 16.

The dispute over victim privacy arose as lawyers on both sides tried to agree on the rules of secrecy about evidence prior to Maxwell's July 2021 trial. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held without bond while she awaits a trial next year.

She has already once rejected Maxwell's argument against unsealing the papers on the grounds that it could release personal information.

Maxwell's lawyers accused her of leaking the deposition, and "in conjunction with the government" setting a "perjury trap" for their client, whose six criminal counts include two for perjury.

Rossmiller continued: 'Permitting defense counsel to publicly identify witnesses who have not identified themselves on the record in this case risks subjecting witnesses to harassment and intimidation, with no conceivable benefit to the defense other than perhaps discouraging witnesses from cooperating with the Government'.

If not for the promise of confidentiality for her testimony, Maxwell would have invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during the deposition, her lawyers said.

Maxwell's attorneys made their argument in a filing on Monday, saying that banning them from publicly identifying alleged victims or potential witnesses in the case will hinder their ability to investigate, prepare witnesses for trial and advocate on Maxwell's behalf.

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Excerpts from Maxwell's deposition were made public last August.

The charges against Maxwell came almost a year after Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail where he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges. Giuffre's lawyers subsequently went to the judge in May 2016 seeking a court order to compel Maxwell to respond to questions she declined to answer.

Preska ordered the paperwork unsealed in a courtroom listening to final week, however gave Maxwell's authorized crew per week to file an enchantment with the Second Circuit Courtroom.

"The unsealing of Ms Maxwell's deposition transcript would result in substantial negative media publicity and speculation in an internet world", Mr Gee wrote.

"In her first deposition ..."

But Judge Loretta Preska says the public interest in the documents "far outweighed" the possible "embarrassment".

"These pleadings concern what should have been a straightforward request by [Giuffre] to exceed the presumptive 10 deposition limit set by the Court", Maxwell's lawyers argued. Based on previous court records in the case, Maxwell and Epstein exchanged at least seven emails in the weeks following a court filing by Giuffre containing the allegations that she had been directed to have sex with several of their prominent associates.

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